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Please see the press releases and articles below for more information on Parndon Mill's appeals and events

The book 'PARNDON MILL a thousand years of history' has now been published and is available from the Gallery both at Parndon Mill and online at
https://www.parndonmillgallery.org/publication







Artist Suman Gujral talks to ITV about her current body of work https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2022-08-05/artists-skills-shed-light-on-forgotten-history
And on top of that she has just one the National Artist Prize!



Suman Gujral 'Counted 2019' Khadi paper 100cm x 140cm 

"My practice springs from roots as a child of refugees and immigrants. I'm interested in how we survive and even thrive in the aftermath of trauma.

My history as a descendant of immigrants displaced by the 1947 Partition of India, has led me to reflect on the current migration crisis and its roots in Colonialism. The UN believes that the Partition of India caused the largest mass migration in history but we will never know the exact figure. We also don't know the true number of migrants right now and how many have died in flight. United for Intercultural Action, started the List, which aims to record all those who have perished trying to reach sanctuary- in 2019, The List had over 34, 000 names on it. Counted is a response to what happened in India and what is happening currently. It seeks to acknowledge the uncounted. Each perforation records an absence and is made with a book tool as I want to tell their story. Gold stitches symbolise each 100 and red each 1000 deaths. The Khadi paper reflects my Indian heritage where my connection with the horrors of forcible displacement starts. The work looks like a ravaged landscape with small tears in as well as holes. The paper is white because that is the colour of mourning in India and I grew up with my mother's stories of losses suffered at Partition. This work is a meditation on loss and the continual cycle of war and climate change which leads to forcible displacement." 

 

One of our artists, Shea Lolin went to Chernobyl in October 2021 as part of a team of commercial drone operators. He has since cut a very poignant and moving short film about a musical discovery he made in an abandoned school in the exclusion zone. This release is made all the more pertinent given the unfolding events in Ukraine. The subsequent piano recording, voiceover and editing of the video all took place here at Shea’s studio at Parndon Mill. Plug in the good speakers!


Please click this link to view and hear

The Whitworth Collection have procured a work by Suman Gujral titled "All my sorrows"  for their permanent collection and there is now an exhibition called Exchanges where it is being shown alongside the other new works acquired in that round.


https://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/currentexhibitions/exchanges/


Suman is also currently showing in the Gallery at Parndon Mill.